Promoting citizens empowerment and inclusive democracy in 2 Municipalities of Rautahat and Saptari

Promoting citizens empowerment and inclusive democracy in 2 Municipalities of Rautahat and Saptari aims to support and work with local government to institutionalize the local governance process, involve particularly marginalised and poor citizens in local planning and   decision-making   processes,   improve state services and tackle existing problems in communities together. The project pursues participatory methods as a core approach to ensure the participation of women and excluded and poor citizens in planning and decision-making processes. Community- based organisations and citizens are enabled to participate actively in local planning and decision- making processes in the long term. The project is working with women, Dalits, Muslims and other disadvantaged groups in the community and connects them with government services. Thus, through this project, Aasaman Nepal in partnership of Welthhungerhilfe has come together with the aim for strengthening citizen empowerment through institutionalization of participatory and inclusive development in two municipalities in Rautahat and Saptari districts.  
Working Area: 2 municipalities (19 wards) of Rautahat (Rajpur municipality) and Saptari (Dakneshwari municipality) district are to benefit directly from the project  
Project Beneficiaries: Overall, approximately 13,000 households (approximately 71,000 persons) in 2 municipalities (19 wards) in the districts of Rautahat (Rajpur municipality) and Saptari (Dakneshwari municipality), focusing on women and children under five, Muslim and low caste including Dalits, Musahar and Dom.  
Overall objective (Impact): The living conditions of disadvantaged population groups in the areas of hygiene, nutrition and social protection in the communities of Rajpur, Rautahat District and Dakneshwori, Saptari District have improved through increased citizen participation.  
Project Outcome: Citizen participation of disadvantaged population groups is strengthened through the institutionalisation of participatory and integrative development processes in two communities in the districts of Rautahat and Saptari.
Expected Outputs of the Project :  
The capacities of local government representatives and selected public service providers are increased to apply participatory and inclusive planning processes and to deliver citizen friendly services in the target areas
Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and citizens are trained to actively participate in local development planning and decision- making processes
Socially marginalized and economically poor women are empowered and have increased knowledge in hygiene and nutrition enabling them to get actively involved in local governance and development processes
Supporting Partners:  
Funding Partner: Welthungerhilfe (WHH)
Implementing Partner: Aasaman-Nepal (ASN)

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